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Still from The Art of Un-War
Image courtesy Maria Niro and Krzysztof Wodiczko

The Art of Un-War

Krzysztof Wodiczko and Maria Niro in Person

  • Saturday, April 30, 2022
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall

Registration is required.

The Art of Un-War
East Coast Premiere

Internationally renowned artist Krzysztof Wodiczko has dedicated his work and life to denouncing militarization and war. Maria Niro’s recent documentary The Art of Un-War follows Wodiczko’s trajectory from his birth in Warsaw during World War II, to his expulsion from Poland by the communist regime, to today. Combining sculptural elements and technology, Wodiczko’s projects often function as interventions in public spaces, disrupting the valorization of state-sanctioned aggression. Since the 1980s, his deft, site-specific projections of images onto the facades of office and government buildings have grown to incorporate recordings of personal stories told by war veterans, refugees, and immigrants, projected directly onto war memorials, often animating the busts of revered historic leaders. Niro documents many of his major works, including The Homeless Vehicle Project (1988–1989), created in collaboration with homeless communities in Montreal, Philadelphia, and New York City; The Hiroshima Projection (1999), projected onto the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan; and the as-yet-unrealized project of transforming Paris’ monument to war, the Arc de Triomphe, into a temporary site for peace activism. (Maria Niro, 2022, DCP, 63 minutes) Presented in conjunction with FilmFestDC 2022